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Jul 22, 2010 12:54 |  #61

Bob_McBob wrote in post #10583994 (external link)
I don't see why everyone dismisses the Z1 out of hand because of weight, but still considers the BH-55. It weighs 225g less than the BH-55, and only 70g more than the Markins M20.

It seems that many brands which were very well regarded 10-20 years ago are largely ignored by current photographers.

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On another thread someone asked about good meters, and he mentioned being on a budget. Everyone mentioned Sekonic, I mentioned Minolta and the fact that an Autometer IVf was advertised on POTN at $140...he decided to get the Sekonic! I guess the budget be damned.


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Jul 22, 2010 13:31 |  #62

jacobsen1 wrote in post #10583236 (external link)
LOVE them. Not being able to loose parts is crucial for me. The ONLY issue is you MUST be very careful to spin them to rubber mode before shooting an interior. ;)

What's also nice about the retractable spikes is that they can be easily concealed simply by spinning each of the rubber feet...very handy if you carry your tripod onto an airplane. If they can't retract, you may have an issue taking the tripod as carry-on if the pointy spikes remain visible at all times.


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Jul 22, 2010 13:41 |  #63

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What's also nice about the retractable spikes is that they can be easily concealed simply by spinning each of the rubber feet...very handy if you carry your tripod onto an airplane. If they can't retract, you may have an issue taking the tripod as carry-on if the pointy spikes remain visible at all times.

Gitzo has friction fit rubber feet for the long spikes. Less visible to the eye, than the retractable spike feet. (I wish I knew about retractable feet for Gitzo before I bought the Gitzo long spikes!...my Bogen/Manfrotto had the retractable spikes and I greatly prefer them. Anyone want to buy my long spikes for 65% of the new price?!)


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Jul 22, 2010 16:58 |  #64

Bob_McBob wrote in post #10583994 (external link)
I don't see why everyone dismisses the Z1 out of hand because of weight, but still considers the BH-55. It weighs 225g less than the BH-55, and only 70g more than the Markins M20.

I had nothing against the Z1, I just didn't factor in this ballhead in my purchasing decision.
I was pretty much sold of everyones positive feedback on the RRS LEVER plate, so I decided to just buy the matching ballhead.


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Jul 22, 2010 17:04 |  #65

argyle wrote in post #10584194 (external link)
What's also nice about the retractable spikes is that they can be easily concealed simply by spinning each of the rubber feet...very handy if you carry your tripod onto an airplane. If they can't retract, you may have an issue taking the tripod as carry-on if the pointy spikes remain visible at all times.

I was close to buying that set too argyle, but the great thing about the spikes I bought. Noone would notice those rubber feet conceals a 1inch spike. The only downside is the friction is pretty tight on mine, so a bit of force is needed, but otherwise good because I would be pissed if they came loose on the field.

Jdizzle, congrats on the new "set of legs". What model did you end up getting again?


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Jul 22, 2010 17:14 |  #66

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I was close to buying that set too argyle, but the great thing about the spikes I bought. Noone would notice those rubber feet conceals a 1inch spike. The only downside is the friction is pretty tight on mine, so a bit of force is needed, but otherwise good because I would be pissed if they came loose on the field.

Jdizzle, congrats on the new "set of legs". What model did you end up getting again?

They'd make you put the tripod on the X-ray machine and the spikes inside the rubber feet become very obvious to the guy looking at the X-ray monitor. Naw, the very tightly fitting rubber feet on the long spikes are a pain in the behind...hard to pull off, and something more to lose.


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Jul 22, 2010 17:26 |  #67

Wilt wrote in post #10585341 (external link)
They'd make you put the tripod on the X-ray machine and the spikes inside the rubber feet become very obvious to the guy looking at the X-ray monitor. Naw, the very tightly fitting rubber feet on the long spikes are a pain in the behind...hard to pull off, and something more to lose.

Oh yes, the X-ray scan.. Fair call, I don't see a blunt 1inch spike pose a danger, but who am I to judge what is a "security risk" :rolleyes:;)

Did you guys loctite your spikes? I did... the red stuff too :confused:


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Jul 22, 2010 17:28 |  #68

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Oh yes, the X-ray scan.. Fair call, I don't see a blunt 1inch spike pose a danger, but who am I to judge what is a "security risk" :rolleyes:;)

Pool cues must be in checked luggage, per TSA...when was the last time you saw a stabbing with a pool cue?! :confused:


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Jul 22, 2010 18:35 |  #69

mrCAMPO wrote in post #10585399 (external link)
Oh yes, the X-ray scan.. Fair call, I don't see a blunt 1inch spike pose a danger, but who am I to judge what is a "security risk" :rolleyes:;)

Did you guys loctite your spikes? I did... the red stuff too :confused:

i don't own spikes, but I blue loctited the factory gitzo feet onto mine. A little extra security.


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Jul 22, 2010 18:46 |  #70

mrCAMPO wrote in post #10585293 (external link)
I was close to buying that set too argyle, but the great thing about the spikes I bought. Noone would notice those rubber feet conceals a 1inch spike. The only downside is the friction is pretty tight on mine, so a bit of force is needed, but otherwise good because I would be pissed if they came loose on the field.

Jdizzle, congrats on the new "set of legs". What model did you end up getting again?

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Jul 22, 2010 18:50 |  #71

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Pool cues must be in checked luggage, per TSA...when was the last time you saw a stabbing with a pool cue?! :confused:

I believe the last time I that was in RoadHouse. :p




  
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Jul 22, 2010 19:15 |  #72

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I believe the last time I that was in RoadHouse. :p

I got curious...it happened in April 2010 in GA, too! http://www.wsbtv.com/n​ews/23069535/detail.ht​ml (external link)

And in 2008 http://www.todaysthv.c​om/news/news.aspx?stor​yid=70732 (external link)

And in 2007 http://www.fox16.com …noj7bOnUSCPpagk​FIBCA.cspx (external link)

And back in 1976 http://tx.findacase.co​m …9761006_0041141​.TX.htm/qx (external link)

Maybe we need to quit scoffing about TSA rules about pool cues!


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Jul 22, 2010 19:16 |  #73

Awesome mate! Nice pics. Its amazingly light, once you extend all the legs and carry it around hey. Hope you get plenty of use out of yours. I'm still pinching myself for now owning such an expensive pod, but who cares now, I'll be keeping this baby for a looong time.

I ended up buying the Gitzo bag too. (external link). Fits perfectly if you're interested in getting it.

Just gotta edit my video I made on this and I'll upload on YouTube.


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Jul 22, 2010 19:17 |  #74

Todd Lambert wrote in post #10585824 (external link)
I believe the last time I that was in RoadHouse. :p

Haha good call, I love that movie.


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Jul 22, 2010 19:25 |  #75

100% agree. In fact, I haven't seen it done any other way.




  
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